Spotlight on Modular Knitting

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The Sweet Hexagon Cowl from our new eMag, EntreKnits

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I'm so excited about our new eMag, EntreKnits, which takes a fresh look at entrelac, mitered, and modular knitting. These techniques all start with one simple shape and grow into something greater—like knitting itself.

There are beautiful patterns, of course, along with interviews, historical tidbits, video tutorials, and lots about the math of knitting—which I never thought I'd be interested in, believe me, but I read every word and learned a lot! It made me realize that we knitters are a rather mathematical group, after all.

My favorite pattern is the lovely Sweet Hexagon Cowl by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, pictured at left.

It's part of a quilt-inspired article in EntreKnits. Because quilts are the classic expression of geometry in textiles, so quilt-like designs are a natural in a collection of modular knitting.

The Sweet Hexagon Cowl is constructed of interlocking hexagon pieces that are knitted in the round. After knitting the first piece, all the following hexagons are connected to neighboring pieces using a combination of picked-up and cast-on stitches.

The simple color palette, in a tonal mix of four semisolid colorways, lets the random shift of colors take center stage.

It's gorgeous, and I just love the yellows, lilacs, and purples (even though purple and yellow are the colors of my rival university).

Knitting Trifecta

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  The Cochin Shrug by Eunny Jang is a stylish entrelac project.
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  Cochin Shrug, back view. I love how the entrelac squares make a V and pull up the hemline.
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I like to have a couple (or three) projects going on at one time. I like something challenging for brain-exercise knitting, something simple for TV knitting, and something portable for travel knitting.

The techniques in EntreKnits are a veritable knitting trifecta because they fit all three categories. Entrelac, mitered, and modular knitting can all be portable, challenging, and, once you get the hang of them, easy.

Challenging: When you're first learning the techniques in EntreKnits, like knitting backward or joining dominoes in three dimensions, they can seem challenging. Luckily, the eMag contains videos, diagrams, and tutorials to help you learn these methods fast! So then they become . . .

Easy: Once you've learned these techniques, you're basically working the same stitches over and over to create a modular piece of knitting.

Portable: Most of the projects in this eMag are small enough to be portable. Even Eunny Jang's stylish entrelac shrug pattern (at right) is small enough to travel with.

Download your EntreKnits eMag today; I know you'll love it as much as I do—I've already looked at my stash to see if I have any yarn for the Sweet Hexagon Cowl. (Although I pretty much know that I'll be getting some of that yellow and lilac yarn!)


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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

3 thoughts on “Spotlight on Modular Knitting

  1. Knitting has tons of math, which may be why project planning and adaptation is most interesting to me. As a promoter of “girls/women CAN do math” I am so pleased to have you recognize the use of math in an area of our daily lives.

  2. The Hexagonal cowl is beautiful and reminds me of Lilacs.

    I just downloaded my EntreKnits this weekend and love all the great projects in there – I’ve decided on the Curlicue Blanket for my daughter to start with.

    Thank you, and I can’t wait for the next one !!